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Montgomery County Gender Identity Referendum (2008)

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The Montgomery County Gender Identity Referendum was an attempt by a group, Maryland Citizens for Responsible Government to overturn, using Maryland's veto referendum, a Montgomery County law banning discrimination against transgender people.

The anti-discrimination law had been passed by Montgomery's County Council in 2007 and signed into law by Isiah Leggett, the county's executive.[1]

The group that objected to the new law collected signatures, and the signatures were deemed sufficient by the Montgomery county clerk. Subsequently, 'Equality Maryland, a group that supported the law, filed a post-certification signature challenge, which was ultimately successful. That case, Jane Doe v. Montgomery County Board of Elections, later played a role in signatures being invalidated in a separate issue, the Turf Valley Grocery Store Veto Referendum, 2009.

Equality Maryland asserted that the county clerk had erred in certifying the measure for the ballot. The trial court agreed with the pro-referendum forces, keeping the measure on the ballot. Equality Maryland then filed an appeal and on September 9, the Maryland Court of Appeals overturned the lower court ruling, which had the effect of tossing the measure from the November ballot in the county.

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Additional information about ballot litigation in 2008